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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
in south africa. this morning president obama, joined by first lady and former president george w. bush, laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton all left washington from andrews air force base on "air force one." president clinton and jimmy carter will be meeting them in south africa. president obama will be speaking at tomorrow's memorial service. nbc's ron allen live in soweto. ron, this is a gathering of the great, families, people of south africa all gathering. you have covered this so long. tell me about the emotions as people in south africa prepare? >>. >> reporter: it's an unbelievable atmosphere. we're across the street from the nelson mandela home, the home occupied from 1940s to 1990s. tomorrow is a day that will be unlike any other. there's more than 80 heads of state here. that will surpass the heads of state and world leaders who came to mourn and to say good-bye to pope john paul ii. largest gathering of heads of state outside of u.n. perhaps ever. we'll have to see how this day goes. and of course, there will be tens of thousands of people, perhaps millions
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 10:00am PST
personnel changes but i wouldn't hold my breath for them. like george bush, when barack obama is told washington thinks people on cable tv think he should do things, he's less inclined and to stick with the people he knews and management structure he's comfortable with. >> if you take a look at this team, if they weren't his good friends, would they have these jobs? are they the best there is? >> well, i think you could ask that about a lot of presidents. presidents need to have people around them who are loyal but they also need people around them who are capable. i think to some extent the proof is in the pudding in terms of the rollout and effectiveness of health care. there were constant meetings at the white house, is this ready, is this going okay? administration officials say they were assured it was, but there is something wrong in the management structure that allowed them to get these false assurances. what i would want to know if i were the president going forward, who is the person who's individual day to day job is making sure once jeff zienst leaves, who's job is getting
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
the money spent by bush administration and before this the obama administration, race to the top, all of the advancements we've been expecting, that american students have moved downward in these testings. we now rank below what we rank before. we're mid-range. actually rank below vietnam on math and reading scores. vietnam, which is not considered like shanghai and singapore, some other leading asian countries has now moved up. ron, you've studied a lot of this. you've covered all of these issues. what's going on here with our inability to make any headway on what is arguably a national security issue, the fact our kids are falling behind on math and science. >> you're exactly right. it is a national security issue. i would step back and put the education system in that big bucket of national institutions that are failing to adapt to the times. just like our other institutions letting us down right now. we have our leaders on the national and local level instead of getting together and figuring out what needs to be done, how do we modernize and transform our education system, they ar
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